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Demolition begins on Sturgis hotel

Crews from Grand Rapids-based Pitsch Companies this week started demolition of the Wood Motel in Sturgis. At $62,000, Pitsch was low bidder for the project authorized by the city commission. Workers estimate it will take about 10 semi-truck loads to haul away debris and that the job, which started Monday, will likely be done by the end of the day ... Read More »

St. Joseph County Area Narcotics investigation results in arrest

The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit concluded a several-month investigation regarding the distribution of methamphetamine. The suspect, Mark Allen Holst, 50, of White Pigeon, was arrested after he was found in possession of more than four ounces of crystal methamphetamine. Investigators said the quantity of drug would have had an approximate street value of $11,500. The SCAN unit then ... Read More »

Break-in at Pine View Golf Course

Troopers from the Michigan State Police are investigating a break-in earlier this week at Pine View Golf Course. Investigators said the Flowerfield Township business was broken into between 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday. The course’s clubhouse and cart barn were entered but it is not known at this time if anything was stolen. Read More »

River Trail Master Plan ideas voiced during public-input session

A need for a central source of information was the recurring theme expressed during a public-input session Monday in Sturgis to help with the establishment of a river trail master plan. About a dozen people attended and told officials from Edgewater Resources that a website, blog, link through the county’s homepage or some easy-to-track source be established to keep paddlers ... Read More »

Three injured in car crash

Three people were injured following a two-car accident over the weekend in Cass County. Sheriff’s officials said 18-year-old New Buffalo resident Isaac Grynwich was driving south on Dailey Road in Jefferson Township at 2:25 p.m. Saturday when he failed to yield at the M-60 intersection. Grynwich’s vehicle struck a car driven by 61-year-old Robert Strong of Commerce Township. Grynwich, Strong ... Read More »

Special passport processing dates

As part of Passport Awareness Month, St. Joseph County Clerk and Register of Deeds Pattie Bender has set up special hours three days later this month to process passport requests. Bender said processing will be available 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday next week and again Sept. 17. A Saturday processing opportunity will be offered 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 27. ... Read More »